Smoked and Hot Smoked Shredded Squid
. . . because I love this kind of shredded dried squid with its strange, quintessentially Japanese flavor -- fishy, salty, sweet and smoky all at once. It is a snack found at convenience stores everywhere in Japan and comes in different flavors. This brand, for example, comes in plain, smoked, hot and hot smoked. Despite my love of spicy things, smoked is my favorite, because the essential smokiness is not forced to compete with the peppery spices found in the hotter version.
I buy these at Dainobu on East 47th Street in Manhattan.